Book spotlight: Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky

Book Details:
Book Title:  Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 207 pages
Genre: Automobile Technology, Car enthusiasts
Publisher:  Apollo Publishers
Release date:  May 7, 2019
Tour dates: May 6 to 24, 2019
Content Rating:  PG (this book is accessible to everyone)

Book Description:

From the witty senior editor of Jalopnik, Gizmodo Media’s acclaimed website devoted to cars, technology, and more, comes a revealing, savvy, and humorous look at self-driving cars.

Self-driving cars sound fantastical and futuristic and yet they’ll soon be on every street in America. Whether it’s Tesla’s Autopilot, Google’s Waymo, Mercedes’s Distronic, or Uber’s 24,000 modified Volvos, companies across industries and throughout the world are developing autonomous cars. Even Apple, not to be outdone, is rumored to be creating its own technology too.

In Robot, Take the Wheel, Jason Torchinsky explores the state of the automotive industry. Through wit and wisdom, he explains why autonomous cars are being made and what the future of automated cars is. Torchinsky encourages us to consider autonomous cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today. He considers how we’ll get along with these robots that will take over our cars’ jobs, what they will look like, what sorts of jobs they may do, what we can expect of them, how they should act, ethically, how we can have fun with them, and how we can make sure there’s still a place for those of us who love to drive with manual or automatic transmission.

This unique and highly readable volume is brimming with industry insider information and destined to be a conversation starter. It’s a must-have for car lovers, technology geeks, and everyone who wants to know what’s on the road ahead.

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About the Author:

JASON TORCHINSKY is senior editor of Jalopnik, a website devoted to news and opinions about all things automotive. As a writer and artist, he is known for his articles, artworks, talks, and videos about cars, technology, and culture. He has raced cars, wrecked cars, and driven possibly one of the most dangerous cars ever made with the King of Cars on the Emmy-winning Jay Leno’s Garage. He lives in North Carolina.

Connect with the author: Twitter

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Book Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur

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Book Description:

Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination – Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots.

Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them.

They finally meet Pax – the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars.

Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion?

Brent LeVasseurAbout Brent:  Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:    website    twitter    facebook   themartiangirl.com
You can buy  Aoléon The Martian Girl – Part 5 here:  Amazon

Review:

“This was a group  of  two kids, a beat-up old robot, a loyal pet moog, and a single, renegade Procyon against an overwhelming and superior fighting force.”

Book number five has so many cool words, I even learned a new verb: gooified!  There was one illustration that really impressed me, that of Gilbert staring at earth through the spaceship window but seeing his own reflection. I found it to be quite moving, that despite being in the middle of saving the world and mars he still yearns for his room back home in Nebraska.

Although this entire book was meant for children, there was a fair bit of tongue-in-cheek humour that would amuse an adult as well as references to other movies that a child may not pick up on.  There were also other subtle, more serious moral messages that were threaded throughout the storyline that would give a younger (or older) thinker something to meditate on.

This is the wind-down for the Aoleon the Martian Girl series and I was sad to see it come to an end.  I’m going to miss all the characters, even Helios the Robot, he has such a sense of humour!  Younger boys, especially will love the action and the humour of this segment.

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